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  • • Four Public Debates will feature James Burn, Pete Durnell, Beverley Nielsen, Siôn Simon and Andy Street • Debates start at Black Country Living Museum on Tuesday 7th March • Around 1,000 people expected to attend across four events • 84 days to Election Day. All of the five main candidates will appear at four Public Debates across the West Midlands in the lead up to the election of the first regional mayor on 4th May 2017. Councillor James Burn (Green), Pete Durnell (Ukip), Beverley Nielsen (LibDem), Siôn Simon MEP (Labour) and Andy Street CBE (Conservative) will line up for the events starting on 7th March. The Public Debates will be led by local newspapers across the region: the Express & Star, Birmingham Mail and Coventry Telegraph. The papers will be responsible for selecting members of the public to attend the Public Debates and putting their questions to the candidates. […]

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  • BPS Birmingham Future committee sponsors SimkissGuy Recruitment Ltd and Aston Business School launch a new partnership of free business insight breakfast events starting this month. Aimed at the regions professionals and business leaders, to gain insight and discuss the latest business issues with guest experts, they will offer an opportunity to network with like-minded people and develop valuable connections. You are warmly invited to attend the free launch breakfast event on Wednesday 22nd February at The Colmore Building. Esteemed academic Dr Andrew Glencross of Aston University will be delivering a presentation on the latest research and thinking on different Brexit scenarios and reflecting on his recent publication ‘Why the UK Voted for Brexit: David Cameron’s Great Miscalculation’. The new event for the regions professional sector comes at a time of exceptional growth and recognition for both BPS Future sponsors. Aston University announced this week it has one of the best […]

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  • In response to the green paper, ‘Building an Industrial Strategy’, published by the UK government yesterday, Executive Director of BPS Birmingham, the voice of the Business, Professional and Financial Services sector in Greater Birmingham, Hilary Smyth-Allen, has said: “We welcome the Green Paper on a modern Industrial Strategy and look forward to working with our members on responding to the consultation. The BPS sector is one of the leading sectors in the UK with a global reputation. It is also well established in Greater Birmingham as the growth sector. However, the sector faces specific challenges local and regionally, such as in skills, productivity, affordable access to high speed broadband and promotion. So, we welcome the proposals in ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ to look at supporting cluster, sector and place based institutions, such as business associations, that are in a position to further support growth. Alongside our work championing the sector […]

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  • Birmingham’s heritage is something that we are all proud of, but this is something that we could see the end of shortly. As many of our members are aware, as part of Birmingham City Council’s budget consultation, it has been proposed that Birmingham Museums Trust will receive a reduction of £500k in funding from April 2017. This is in addition to a cut of £250k that had been previously agreed by Birmingham City Council. The proposed budget cuts to the Trust’s funding could result in: – A substantial reduction in public access to some of our museums, which include Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House and Weoley Castle. – Fewer learning activities for students, local schools and community groups – Significantly reduced public access to Birmingham’s collection for both research and public enjoyment, either in […]

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  • Are you hoping to sell your boss on a BPS Birmingham corporate pack membership? Sometimes, you know you have a great idea but articulating that in a way that makes your boss get excited can be a challenge. This is why we’re here to help – the purpose of this blog post is to help you effectively sell the benefits of a BPS Birmingham membership pack; getting them to understand the benefits not just to you and your team, but the business as a whole. So read on and we’ll help you steer clear of the Bermuda triangle of pitching an idea and avoid an immediate “computer says no” response. BPS Birmingham isn’t just an idea; it’s a respected community BPS Birmingham is the membership organisation for the business professional services sector, and has been helping both young professionals and established leaders get into the fabric of Birmingham for the past […]

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